Today, Omega launched what is a very comprehensive, neatly detailed, and of course, free online catalog of 60 iconic Omega Speedmaster Moonwatches. The Speedmaster marks its notable 60th anniversary in 2017 making this a big year for Omega and for one of the most popular and recognizable chronographs out there. You may find the online catalog here.
It happens very rarely that we can get excited about a feature on a watch brand’s website – so much so that, come to think of it, this may just be the first time – so we’ll explain briefly what you can find in this catalog before you dig into it. Just be sure you have an extended lunch break or are all done with whatever you are supposed to be working on because it’s very easy to get positively lost in it.
The way it works is really quite simple: you just select whichever year tickles your fancy from the scale on the bottom of the screen, the respective watch for that year loads, and you just need to start scrolling (for whatever reason, upwards). A range of basic tech specs follow including case diameter, caliber number, reference number, front crystal material and more. To illustrate and give you a better idea about the different pages I picked the original Speedmaster from 1957 (not this ’57).
Scrolling your way up towards the sky is when it starts to get really fun – or so it does at least for egghead watch nerds like everyone on our team – as you get to discover hitherto unseen or very difficult to find materials like detailed manuals, advertisements, movement specs and even some “Speedmaster Facts.” To be fair, it all really is in tune with the ethos of the Speedmaster, and you’ll either find these smaller and larger droplets of information very cool or you’ll just roll your eyes as you learn how, for example, some of the ’57 Speedmasters were delivered to the Peruvian Air Force to use in-flight.
The Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 was released in the ’90s, helping reveal that Omega was not stuck in 1969 using the manually wound mechanical Omega Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch” as their cutting-edge astronaut gear. But much like Breitling’s Professional line of watches, too with hybrid analog-digital displays, the Omega Speedmaster X-33 was also convincingly meant for professional aviation purposes. It stays a peripheral branch of the Speedmaster collection that especially dedicated watch enthusiasts and brand fans can also enjoy.There’s no motive, however, it needs to be solely for aviation and aerospace, as the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ Limited Edition watch reveals. I felt it was worth mentioning the sailing group members use the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ while on board as it will add some authenticity to the watches’ intended practical usage and durability (water-resistance aside). If you don’t follow regatta racing and are not apparent on some of the physical rigors involved for people or watches on board these vessels at a race, see Ariel’s report (and movie) after being tethered to a catamaran and splashed a whole lot with Bremont Watches and Oracle Team USA here.On a nylon cloth strap, the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ Limited Edition is 45mm wide in Grade 2 titanium and water-resistant to 30m. This might cause some watchnerds to float, as this is basically the minimum water-resistance rating for any modern opinion, also this one is made to be involved with watersports. Boats ideally keep on top of this water, yes, but 30m of water immunity refers to the water pressure under 30m of perfectly still water. We generally recommend that you don’t do anything besides washing your hands with a 30m-water-resistant watch – largely dress watches. Granted there are a bunch of buttons and spots where water ingress becomes an issue about the Omega Speedmaster X-33 Regatta ETNZ, and it seems like they are intended to really be used – however even most G-Shocks come with 200m water-resistance.
Additional curated images both from the Omega archives and from social media users can be found as you keep scrolling, giving you a better look at your choice of a watch. And while all this may not sound like that big of a deal, the consistency and depth of the information provided for not one but all sixty selected watches is – and it’s as close as you can get to discovering such a wild selection of “Speedies” in one place without purchasing the (yet much more in-depth) 494-page Moonwatch Book that we reviewed here.
In essence, then, if you are a Speedmaster collector, wearer, or enthusiast, chances are that you’ll enjoy clicking and scrolling through this truly fascinating catalog of 60 iconic Omega Watches Repair Replica Speedmaster Moonwatches. omegawatches.com